It’s officially fall, which means it’s time to whisk up your favorite seasonal recipe.
But before you head down to your local apple orchard for fresh ingredients, you should reconsider the pumpkin patch to fuel your next fall feast.
When most people hear pumpkin recipes, holiday pies, roasted seeds or even the famous spice latte probably comes to mind. But everyone’s favorite grinning gourd can bring so much more to the table.
Did you know the pumpkin is chockfull of vitamins and minerals? It’s true! Pumpkins contain a healthy dose of vitamin A and beta-carotene. These two nutrients work together to help your eyes see better, even in the dark. And although bananas get all the potassium press, pumpkins do have a fair share of this mineral that supports your muscles after a workout. This popular fruit (or is it a vegetable?) is also a great source of fiber and can help you feel fuller longer.
And great news for the eco-friendly and budget-conscious among us: You can cook tasty treats with almost all parts of the pumpkin. All you need is a little ingenuity, a good carving knife and a touch of gumption in the kitchen.
So, grab that big guy from the pumpkin patch and roll up your sleeves. We’re going to show you how you cook the seeds, the guts, the inner shell and even the skin of one giant pumpkin with eight delicious recipes:
The Inner Shell
You can find most of the ingredient for this Indian side dish in the U.S., and onion powder makes a great substitute for asafetida.
The recipe suggests cooking this nutritious crunchy chutney with a kahdai pan, but any deep pan will do.
And there you have it! Eight great ways to cook a pumpkin using all four of the pumpkin’s parts. Now what to do with that stem …